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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Since “Willy” is so versatile and can be flavored with fruits and essences, we add a touch of vanilla extract to compliment the sweet nuttiness. Also good mixed with Captain Stout, a blend we call “The Captain and Vanil.”

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fordest (2348) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2008
Sampled at RBSG. I was quite suprised by this one. I have had many chances to get it, but never did. Finally decided to go for it at RBSG. Lots of vanilla on the aromas. Sweet malty flavors with more vanilla on the end. I liked it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Sampled from growler @ RBSG, courtesy WeeHeavySD. Clear straw color, light, thin white head. A ton of vanilla on the aroma, not much else. Taste is overly sweet with the vanilla overwhelming the wheat characters.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2008
RBSG ’08: Growler pour. Poured a clear yellow with a large white head. The aroma was simple with vanilla and caramel. Big vanilla flavor. Light malt. Light body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (10523) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2008
Draft... RBSG’08... Mostly clear yellow ale with a mid-sized, creamy, white head. Excellent retention. Mild, grainy, vanilla aroma. Light-bodied with lively carbonation. Refreshing, lightly grainy, vanilla flavor. Crisp, vanilla finish. Very reminiscent of Anderson Valley Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (4063) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Growler sample at RBSG; Nose is vanilla and light floral hops; clear gold with a small white head; flavor is vanilla with light hop bitterness. Nice and vanillay!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yespr (38536) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
From growler. Pours clear and yellow with a lacing white head. Aroma is mild vanilla. Flavour is quite dense on the vanilla and not much more. Finish is mild wheaty flavoured and smooth yet again also dense vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Growler at RBSG. Pours a crystal clear gold, with a medium pearly white head. Lotsof those vanilla beans in the nose, caramel, and sugars. Really sweet smelling. Huge vanilla flavor, almost to the point of being obnoxious. You really gotta like sweet beers to enjoy this bad boy. Definitely an interesting try, but they seem to have overdone it a bit. It was almost like I was drinking vanilla ice cream or something. Not sure I cared for it that much though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hapjydeuce (995) - Carlsbad, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
RBSG ’08. Poured from a growler that was being carrying around. Sampled late in the tasting, so my recollection was not at best. Yellowish color with good carbonation. Sweet vanilla bean aroma with a wheat-grain undertone. Flavor is very sweet. Simple and straightforward. A bit too sweet for my taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StefanSD (2289) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2010 Growler pour at RBSG grand tasting. Thanks to whoever brought it. Poured a yellow gold color with a small white head. Aroma of almonds and vanilla. Taste of more vanilla, roasted malts and a bit of metal. The mouthfeel was light. The finish was long with lingering vanilla. Overall: A very refreshing Beer. Resampled 7-14.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - MAY 25, 2008
On tap at the brewery. Lots of vanilla on the nose and flavor as well. I don’t like vanilla in anything but cookies. But this was quite nice.

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